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Aug 29, 2009 10:30am EDT
, but it is not completely beyond our control." it is the shaping impulse of america that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history but the work of our hands matched to reason and principle that will determine our destiny. every public figure has a uniquely personal life distinct from but not totally separated from the public world of work and achievement. others have remembered in the past week -- and we'll address this morning -- the record aftef achievement of ted kennedy. i'd like to close with this reflection. as one lives more toward the final moments of life, the public character fades and the deeper personal convictions and commitments which have sustained a person through a long and complex life come to occupy the center stage. this was the case in the last few weeks and months as ted and vicki together face the last measure of his life. like any priest would be, i was present for them and with them. the faith which had sustained a visible, historic presence now became the faith which teaches us how to see this life and light of the next life. the gift of the eucharist wh
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